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India's top court cancels iron ore mining permits in Goa state: TV

From Reuters - February 6, 2018

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indias top court has quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa state, one of the countrys top producing areas for the steelraw material, local television channels reported on Wednesday.

Mining in the state, known for its low-quality iron ore, will stop after March 15 and new licenses will need to be given, the court said. Activists have been campaigning for a ban on iron ore mining in the state on environmental grounds.

Court action against illegal mining shut the industry in Goa for more than two years from 2012. Goa had exported about 50 million tonnes of iron ore a year before the ban was imposed.

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